Defendants run the YouTube channel “Golden Modz.” Cheats were demonstrated, promoted and sold there. Got tens of millions of views because the channel got big, 1.7M subscribers. At this time the videos promoting Epic’s hacks are deleted.
To quote Epic’s claim, “Nobody likes a cheater. And nobody likes playing with cheaters.” They ask the court to order the cheaters to:
– stop cheating
– turn over their profits
– pay Epic’s atty fees & costs
So, does Epic have a case? I think it does. They can prevail on two separate legal grounds here:
1) Copyright infringement. When you create smth artistic (like a game), others can’t just use it to sell/promote their own stuff without your permission. “Fair use” exception would not apply if you’re trying to make $$ using others’ IP for free w/o permission.